Erik Osiakwan is an entrepreneur and an investor with 15 years of ICT industry leadership.
He is the Managing Partner at Chanzo Capital, a growth capital firm investing in Africa’s digital economy.
Erik is a consultant for the world bank. He has worked in 32 African countries setting up high-tech startups
He serves on the board of Farmerline, Forhey, Teranga Solutions, Siqueries, Amp.it, SameLogic, eCampus, Bisa App, SeeSayDo and Wanjo Foods, – some of which are his investments.
Erik describes himself as a pan-African and is fully confident in the ability of African entrepreneurs.
In this episode you’ll learn:
- The countries Erik described as the KINGS of Africa.
- Why does Erik think they will be at the forefront of developing the African ecosystem?
- Erik is currently an investor and has successfully created several businesses. How did he become an entrepreneur and an investor? What steps did he take?
- What was the main attraction of investment into the early African tech ecosystem?
- Africa has a lot of young people. Why does Erik see that as an advantage?
- The struggle to build mobile networks and how entrepreneurs made it work for Africa
- Africa is witnessing a lot of innovation today. What is the catalyst?
- According to Erik, the GSM evolution was started by entrepreneurs
“The next 20 years will be a creativity era” What does Erik mean by this?
- Why Africa is moving on from consuming content and why it’s time to create our own tech
- The emerging middle class to the African market and how the ecosystem can take advantage of it
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